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IN THIS ISSUE: April 2007

Computer Animation Festival Breaking News

Award Winners to be Announced Tuesday

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the premier annual event for the world's most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. Each year, an internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in daily Animation Theaters and the Electronic Theater.

This year, the Computer Animation Festival jury selected three award winners from a record-breaking 905 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery, animation, and storytelling. This year's jury featured award-winning and internationally acclaimed industry experts that are listed below.

  • Paul Debevec, SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair
    University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies

  • Carter Emmart
    Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History

  • Nickson Fong
    Egg Story Creative Production

  • Michael Kass
    Pixar Animation Studios

  • Randal Kleiser
    Film Director

  • Gavin Miller
    Adobe Systems Incorporated

  • Shelley Page
    Dreamworks Animation

  • Jay Redd
    Sony Pictures Imageworks

  • Habib Zargarpour
    Electronic Arts

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival award winners will be announced Tuesday, 24 April. Watch your inbox for a press release including images from each of the winning animations.

To request an interview with the SIGGRAPH 2007 CAF Chair, click here.

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Featured Speaker Announced

Chief Visual Officer of Electronic Arts Will Address Attendees

As part of SIGGRAPH 2007's new expanded speaker format, Glenn Entis, Chief Visual Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), will deliver a feature presentation on the computer-graphics industry in the future.

The former CEO of DreamWorks Interactive, Entis' responsibilities at EA include working with some of the world's finest gaming industry artists and designers on the pre-production and visual development of game software. During Entis' presentation, he will speak about recent accomplishments and upcoming challenges for interactive graphics in videogames.

"We are honored to have such a seasoned industry leader speak at SIGGRAPH 2007," stated Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair from Walt Disney Animation Studios. "Glenn is a leading member of the computer-graphics community, a compelling visionary, and a long-time SIGGRAPH attendee. We look forward to hearing his insights into the future direction of the industry."

For 2007, SIGGRAPH has expanded its speaker offerings. In an effort to enhance the SIGGRAPH attendee experience, there will be three Featured Speaker presentations, each representing different key areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The three featured presentations will be held on different days and will focus on industry/commerce, art, or research relating to the SIGGRAPH community.

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Media Registration to Open Soon

Watch Your Inboxes For a Note That Registration is Live

Media registration will open in the next few weeks. Watch your e-mail inbox for an announcement that you can begin registering for SIGGRAPH 2007.

Once registration is live, information will be posted to the media section of the SIGGRAPH 2007 web site. Even if you have qualified for a SIGGRAPH media badge in the past, you must re-qualify for SIGGRAPH 2007. The media registration qualifications will be similar to last year's qualifications and you should plan to provide
similar documentation.

For all of the latest media information, including press releases and fact sheets, please visit the media section of the SIGGRAPH 2007 web site. For assistance with your pre-show coverage, contact media@siggraph.org.

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Attendee Registration & Housing Update

Attendees That Register Before 29 June Will Save

Tell your readers to register now - attendees can save up to $275 by registering on or before 29 June and locking-in SIGGRAPH 2007 early-bird rates.

Encourage your readers to register today.

We know that attendees often need support from their employers to attend. That is why we have developed SIGGRAPH 2007 value-based talking points. Your readers can use them to show their boss why SIGGRAPH offers the best value and knowledge on computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Click here for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Talking Points.

In addition, conference housing is now open to all attendees and the media. The most geographically preferred hotels fill up fast, so attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please note, attendees wanting to take advantage of the free shuttle bus service need to book rooms through the SIGGRAPH hotel reservation system.

Click here for details on securing a room.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program

Inspiring New Frontiers

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program will explore the interdisciplinary use of computer graphics across numerous content areas and in several different presentation formats including formal (Papers, Panels, Workshops, QuickTakes, and Forums) and informal opportunities to reinforce the teaching-learning community's inspiration and commitment.

"The SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program content details how to use cutting-edge computer graphics as a teaching tool in all levels of education," said Janese Swanson, SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Chair. "We have content that spans the world of education and offers attendees the opportunity to expand their personal and professional horizons with the use of computer graphics as an instruction device in their area of specialization."

From an interactive-multimedia program designed to teach oral language skills to a graduate-level course on real-time medical graphics designed to support better and faster work in hospitals, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program explores endless educational possibilities.

Explore the content that will be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program.

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Discover the Technologies of the Future

Emerging Technologies Change the Way We Work, Live, and Play

From omni-directional walking to artificial intelligence, the SIGGRAPH 2007 Emerging Technologies exhibit will feature creative, innovative technologies, and applications in many fields. Attendees will experience the latest advancements in displays, robotics, input devices, interaction techniques, computer vision, sensors, audio, speech, biometrics, wearable computing, information, data and scientific visualization, biotechnology, graphics, collaborative environments, and much more.

"SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies is known internationally as one of the premier venues for showcasing innovative new technologies - and this year it will certainly live up to its' reputation," said Emerging Technologies Co-Chair John Sibert. "I am confident that some of the featured pieces will change the way we live and work within the next five to 10 years."

Discover Emerging Technologies.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition

More Than a Sales Floor

SIGGRAPH exhibitors are using the exhibition floor for more things than just selling their products - they are actively using it to recruit experienced talent.

"While there are venues to meet those entering the computer graphics marketplace right out of school, we have heard from exhibitors that the best opportunity to meet the more accomplished people in the field is on the Exhibition floor," stated Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibits Manager. "We have noticed more and more exhibitors taking on greater booth space to not only allow their customers to feel at ease in examining their products, but also to provide a separate area for recruiting top talent."

In fact, current exhibitor participation is outpacing recent years. For more details on exhibiting or sponsoring, contact Mike Weil at exhibits@siggraph.org.

Access the current list of exhibitors.

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Co-Located Events

Register for a Co-Located Event Alongside SIGGRAPH 2007

Tell your readers to maximize their value and enhance their experience at SIGGRAPH 2007 by registering for a co-located event. In addition to the strong programming during SIGGRAPH 2007, attendees can benefit from extraordinary education and networking opportunities before the conference even begins.

Presented in cooperation with ACM SIGGRAPH, the following workshops and events correlate with central themes of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Attendees are invited to participate in these co-located events. Submissions are still welcome for several of them, deadlines are listed below.

Emerging Display Technologies
Saturday, 4 August, 9 am - 5 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 3
Papers deadline: 1 June 2007

Graphics Hardware 07
Saturday, 4 August and Sunday, 5 August, 9 am - 5 pm
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
Papers submission deadline has lapsed.

NPAR 2007 - 5th International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering
Saturday, 4 August and Sunday, 5 August, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Room 10
Papers submission deadline has lapsed.
Posters submission deadline: 28 May 2007

Sandbox: An ACM SIGGRAPH Videogame Symposium
Saturday, 4 August, 9 am - 8 pm
Sunday, 5 August, 9 am - 3 pm
San Diego Convention Center, Rooms 28E, 29A-D, 30AB
Submission deadline has lapsed.

Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA)
Friday, 3 August and Saturday, 4 August, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Wyndham San Diego
Papers submission deadline has lapsed.
Posters deadline: 30 May 2007

Learn more about Co-Located workshops and events.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Glenn Entis, Chief Visual Officer of Electronic Arts | San Diego Convention Center courtesy of Timothy Hursley | inter-glow © Takuji Narumi

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